World Energy Project - Peru

Travel to Peru July 29, 2017 to August 12, 2017

Western’s Energy Management Program is partnering with Texas Tech’s Center for Energy Commerce in the World Energy Project.  Together, we recognize that a university education should include more than job skills training. An important component — particularly in the age of globalization — is the realization that while energy poverty exists there can be no economic prosperity. The goal of the World Energy Project (WEP) is to teach students that while the energy industry is exciting and potentially lucrative, it is also vitally important to the health and well-being of the world's population. Their career efforts are significant beyond what they see and do on a daily basis.

The WEP provides basic solar power systems to off-grid communities in developing countries where access to electricity is unavailable through traditional sources. Students travel to the communities to learn about system design, microfinance, and install the systems. The WEP began in 2008 and has partnered with the Light up the World Foundation of Calgary, Canada, and is now permanently based in Lima, Peru.  (video from last year’s trip

For more information regarding World Energy, please click here see the article regarding the trip Dr. Jessica Richards took last year. 

Students participating in World Energy Project  (WEP) will benefit from the following: 

  • Partnering with another will-respected land management program.  Working today with landmen that you will be doing deals with in the coming years.
  • An opportunity to exemplify and reinforce values that the oil and gas industry practices on a daily basis: community outreach, charitable giving, sustainable business practices and promoting development in a responsible and thoughtful manner.
  • Students and faculty will learn about the practical aspects of solar power, from system preparation to installation and safety. 
  • Having a hand in developing a micro finance economic market through donations of solar power systems to communities, which are purchased by individuals and paid for within 18 months. 

Trip Details:

  • Trip to be led by Terry McInturff (Texas Tech), Menon Billingsley (Western) and Jessica Richards (Western)
  • Depart from Houston to Lima July 29th to Lima and return from Lima August 12th to Houston. Students must get to Houston on/or prior to July 29th
  • Light Up the World Organizational Overview and Solar Installation Training  
  • Installation will be focused in high mountain rural villages, locations to be determined.
  • Post install excursion to Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley 

Program costs includes:

$3,500 + $125 (1 cred hour minimum) + $250 (study abroad fee) + $300 (est. airfare to/from Houston) = $4,175

  • Airfare to/from Houston, TX and Lima, Peru
  • Per diem and/or meals
  • All in-country lodging and transportation
  • Excursions (ie. Manu Picchu, Sacred Valley) 
  • Travel Insurance 

Next Steps:

Return via mail to:

Western State Colorado University

600 N. Adams Street

Extended Studies, Taylor 303

Gunnison, CO  81231

Or scan and email to:

Ami Anderson at

  • Step 2: Pay World Energy Project Deposit (due March 3, 2017), you can pay online or your can mail a check payable to Western State Colorado University Foundation

Payment may be mailed to:

Menon Billingsley, EM Director

Western State Colorado University

Menon Billingsley Borick 225

Gunnison, CO 81231


Questions contact:

Contributions may be made online. Student please end in this form in addition to online payment:

  • Select “One Time”
  • Select “Amount”
  • In the “tell us about your gift”               
  • select “OTHER”
  • In the “comments”, please write “WORLD ENERGY PROJECT Student Name”


  • Step 3: Make additional payments as scheduled below. Note you may pay in full at any time.

Payment Breakdown

$500                                       Deposit (non-refundable)

$1,000                                   First payment

$1,000                                   Second payment

$1,000                                   Third payment

Payment Schedule

Due                        One Week from                                         Application Submission

Due                      April 2

Due                      April 30

Due                      May 15

You may make payments by either check or online (see methods above).

-----You may use the adopt-a-panel program to offset your trip costs. See Step 4----


  • Step 4: Raise money for your trip by soliciting tax-deductible donations using the adopt-a-panel program. Simply have your supporters fill out the follow form.  If your donors make an online payment be sure you submit the form to via mail or scan in and send via email. If you are mailing in a payment, be sure the form accompanies the check.

Return via mail to:

Menon Billingsley, EM Director

Western State Colorado University

Menon Billingsley Borick 225

Gunnison, CO 81231

Or scan and email to:

Menon Billingsley